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This website is produced by Blackstone Chambers, a set of barristers' chambers. All barristers practising from a set of chambers are self-employed individuals, and Chambers has no collective legal identity. By agreement of the barristers in these Chambers, this website has been prepared for information purposes only. Any views expressed, or comments made on the law in an article, commentary or note on this web site are not necessarily the opinions of any member of Chambers other than the author.

Information and commentary on the law contained on this website is provided free of charge for information purposes only.  Whilst every reasonable effort is made to make the information and commentary accurate and up to date, no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by any member of Chambers. 

The information and commentary does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice to any person on a specific case or matter.  You are strongly advised to obtain specific, personal advice from a lawyer about your case or matter and not to rely on the information or comments on this site. 

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Names can be misused by others for illegitimate purposes. In particular we are aware of a number of bogus emails or letters having been received by individuals in many parts of the world, falsely claiming to be from Blackstone Chambers or individuals from Blackstone Chambers.

For example, some such messages indicate that the addressee of the email/letter has inherited a substantial sum of money, and go on to ask the recipient for personal information and/or money.  They may appear to be sent using or in the name of a current member of Chambers.  Communications of this type will be part of a scam or “Phishing” exercise run by individuals using Chambers’ name or those of individual members illegally and without authorisation.  If brought to our attention we report the police/counter-fraud agencies.  We hope in this way to counter the illegitimate use of Chambers’ name or those of its members.

If you have received such a communication it is strongly advised that you ignore it, and do not respond to it or communicate further with the person who sent the email/letter to you.

Mat Swallow

Chambers Director

+44 (0) 207 822 7301 Email Mat
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